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PH as auto manufacturing hub in ASEAN. In fast-tracking the implementation of the Comprehensive Automotive Resurgence Strategy (CARS) program this year, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) expects to push the revitalization of the country’s automotive industry, improve its competitiveness, and raise the country into an auto manufacturing hub in the region. In photo, DTI Secretary Adrian S. Cristobal Jr. (left) joins (from left) Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) Outgoing President Michinobu Sugata, TMP Managing Officer and CEO for Asia, Middle East, and North Africa Regions Kyoichi Tanada, and Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) Director General Lilia de Lima during the turnover ceremony of the TMP presidency on January 13, 2016 at the Makati Shangri-La Hotel in Makati City. In his farewell speech, Sugata said that with the Philippine government’s fervent support and strong will, the Philippines will soon become a key player in the ASEAN region. Sugata will be replaced by Satoru Suzuki. Tanada also said that with the announcement of the CARS program, TMP is keen to participate and help government to further improve the local automotive industry and contribute to the Philippine economy. (DTI-PRU)